Making the Case for Flexible Work

Generally, the traditional work week runs from Monday to Friday, from about 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. This traditional schedule doesn’t necessarily work for everyone. Because of your personal responsibilities you may  be able to perform better with a flexible work schedule.

Unlike the traditional schedule, flexible work allows a variety of different work patters. Here are just a few of the most popular types of flexible work arrangements:

    • Part-time

Working a shorter week with fixed hours

    • Flexi time

Working 40 hours a week, but you have the freedom to decide when you work them.

    • Work from home

You may work from home every day or just a couple of days a week.

    • Shorter work week

By starting earlier and leaving later, you are able to compress your hours into fewer days.

While some companies may already have a flexible work policy in place, others may not. Don’t let the lack of policy stop you from asking for a flexible work arrangement.

If you are thinking about asking for a flexible work arrangement, make sure to take note of the following guidelines to help ensure you get approved.

1.      Research

It’s important to be prepared for the conversation that you will be having with your supervisor. Do as much research as you can. A quick search on the web will bring up countless articles about flexible work arrangements. Make sure you take notes of some of the statistics that highlight the positive effects it has on both employees and employers.

2.      Prepare for any objections

Although there are several reasons why flex work can help improve the work of employees, there is still some negativity about it as well. As you are conducting your research, look for any objections that your supervisor might come up with. Be prepared to overcome these objections.

3.      Create a professional presentation

Take your time and create a professional presentation. This will help show your supervisor that you are serious and have put some thought into this. Incorporate some fun, presentation ideas to make an even bigger impact.

4.      Review your presentation

Make sure that your argument makes sense and you are actually willing to live with the changes you have suggested. Although your plan may work with your current lifestyle, make sure that you are willing to live with it even if your lifestyle were to suddenly change.

Once you feel that you found all the stats you need and you’re prepared for any potential objections, it’s time to approach your supervisor.

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